Author Archives: Rick Piltz

Remembering Stephen Schneider

Four years ago this month we lost the irreplaceable Steve Schneider, eminent interdisciplinary climate scientist, pathbreaking climate change educator, champion of the IPCC process, stalwart opponent of the global warming denial machine, and dear friend. Remembering him with this video, … Continue reading

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What to do about the "Social Cost of Carbon" metric? -- Part 2

The models used to calculate a Social Cost of Carbon for use in estimating the benefits of reducing carbon emissions fall far short of including a wide range of expected damages from global climate disruption. Using an SCC metric, or … Continue reading

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What to do about the "Social Cost of Carbon" metric? -- Part 1

Is the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) metric a good tool for use in making government decisions related to climate change and fossil fuel development? The EPA uses it in economically justifying its rules on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles … Continue reading

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On Obama's new actions to support state and local climate preparedness

It's been a long time coming, but climate change preparedness has finally moved into the mainstream of national policymaking. Responding to the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience he established in 2013, the President announced … Continue reading

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Bipartisan push for stepped up natural gas fracking and LNG export

A bipartisan push for stepped-up natural gas production and export, via hydrofracking and more liquefied natural gas export terminals, was evident at a recent hearing held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and … Continue reading

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4 Republican former EPA administrators call on Congress to take action on climate change

Exemplifying the proactive way authentic conservatives should be talking about climate policy, former Environmental Protection Agency administrators William Ruckelshaus, Christine Todd Whitman, Lee Thomas, and William Reilly -- all appointed by Republican presidents -- gave Senate hearing testimony last week … Continue reading

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Should EPA’s proposed carbon pollution rule be tougher?

While we are studying the new EPA proposed rule on cutting CO2 emissions from power plants, and the immediate and inevitable controversies surrounding it, we can also look ahead and identify some next steps in promoting science-based policy action on … Continue reading

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House Science Committee majority plays out the politics of climate science denialism

At a May 29 House Science Committee hearing on the IPCC’s “process”, climate science assessment was collateral damage in the Republican war on greenhouse gas regulatory policy. The scientists on the witness panel seemed like they had been summoned mainly … Continue reading

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2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling: Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras

Attending the annual awarding of the Ridenhour Prizes at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, is always a unique and inspiring experience. These prizes "memorialize the spirit of fearless truth-telling that Vietnam War whistleblower and investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour … Continue reading

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Remarks at Stanford on the Obama administration and the role of scientists as citizens

In one of several recent speaking engagements at Stanford University on "Essential Voices for Accountability", as part of the Government Accountability Project’s American Whistleblower Tour, I talked about political interference with climate change communication during the Bush administration, the global … Continue reading

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